Identification of Key Potential Targets and Pathway for Arsenic Trioxide by Systemic Bioinformatics Analysis in Pancreatic Cancer

  • Yanan Pang
  • Zhiyong Liu
  • Shanrong LiuEmail author
Original Article


Arsenic trioxide is an approved chemotheraputic agent for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Recently, numerous studies suggested that arsenic trioxide acts as anti-cancer roles in various human malignancies. However, the molecular mechanisms are not fully elucidated. In this study, we explored the critical targets of arsenic trioxide and their interaction network systematically by searching the publicly available published database like DrugBank (DB) and STRING. Seven direct protein targets (DPTs) and 111 DPT-associated genes were identified. The enrichment analysis of arsenic trioxide associated genes/proteins revealed 10 Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathways. Among these pathways, phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate-3-kinase -Akt (PI3K-Akt) single pathway and pancreatic cancer pathway are highly correlated with arsenic trioxide and have 5 overlapped targets. Then we investigated the gene alternation of selected critical genes in pancreatic cancer studies using cBio portal. These results indicated that arsenic trioxide could act anti-tumor function through PI3K-Akt single pathway and identified critical genes might be therapeutic targets for pancreatic cancer.


Arsenic trioxide Genes/proteins interaction Bioinformatics analysis Pancreatic cancer 



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant numbers 81425019) and the Research Program of Specially Appointed Professor of Shanghai (grant numbers GZ2015009).

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All authors have approved the final manuscript.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Laboratory Diagnostics, Changhai HospitalSecond Military Medical UniversityShanghaiChina

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